Dubai's Victory Team begin UIM F2 World Championship challenge at opening Lithuania race
The Victory Team duo of Mansoor Al Mansoori and Khalfan Suhail Al Muhairi will mount their first serious challenge on the UIM F2 World Championship at the season-opening Grand Prix of Lithuania on the Kaunas Reservoir, this weekend.
Al Mansoori, who went on to win the F4 world crown ahead of F1 Atlantic Team’s Jeremy Brisset and Team Abu Dhabi’s Mohammed Al Muhairbi last season, has been promoted from F4 to F2.
Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashid Al Qemzi is the defending champion in the F2 category that has witnessed the dominance of Swedish drivers led by Erik Stark’s four titles (from 2011 to 2014) and Pierre Lundin’s two world crowns in 2015 and 2016.
This week’s opening round of the F2 World Championship in Kaunas will be followed by the second round in Aalborg, Denmark in mid-June before moving on to Tonsberg, Norway (August 4-5), Ribadouro, Portugal (September 22-23) and finally on to Colombo, Sri Lanka (November 10-11).
For Team Abu Dhabi’s Al Qemzi it will be a return to the scene of his maiden UIM F2 World crown as he begins his title defence at the opening round that will also feature the FR-1000 European Championship.
“The objective is to always be number one on the podium. But this is powerboat racing and anything can happen to even the best. We are confident of doing well and getting a few points in this class of powerboat racing,” said Huraiz Bin Huraiz, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Victory Team.
“The basic idea is to see how our drivers do in this class.
“This season we have deliberately moved along nearly all existing classes of powerboat racing and we are confident that our youth can deliver the goods for the blue boats.”
The Grand Prix of Lithuania will get the green flag at 15:30 (14:30 pm UAE) on Sunday. Competitors will compete on a two-kilometre, six-pin F2 course.